From Full to Empty, Yet Still Full

Last March 2020, when Covid took hold in a really serious way, our Realtors, Chris Olson and Jill Roland, asked if I’d like to volunteer to distribute food boxes with the Farm to Families program. This program was designed by the government to buy food from farmers and then to pass it on to needy families during the worst of the pandemic, helping both farmers and families. We were all still in the shock phase of Covid, staying at home, and feeling more than a bit anxious and isolated, I immediately said yes, because I’ve found over and over that when I’m feeling that way, the best thing for me to do is to reach out to others. And since I have a van, it seemed to be a good alternative to staying home and feeling hamajang.

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Memorial Day 2021

My first boyfriend was a happy local boy, and we went to the same high school in Honolulu. He loved fast cars, smoked, and gave me a gorgeous double pink carnation lei for the prom we went to. I remember the white dinner jacket that he wore, and that my mom took photos of us all glammed up for the big night. We had many good times together. I thought he was wonderful and was more than a bit surprised that he was interested in me. He was a good sport and took me to another dance even though I’d just seriously injured my knee playing tackle football (!) and couldn’t do much dancing.

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Montana Road Trip 2010, Chapter 50

Believe it or not, I won’t leave us almost home but not quite. We’ve left Kennewick and the Blue Bridge, and now are continuing to head south on Hwy 395, then on to Highway 82 towards Umatilla.

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Gettin’ Outa Dodge, Chapter 4 and Pau

Here we are on the onramp to Interstate 84, about to head makai towards home, with the Columbia River right next to us.

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Gettin’ Outa Dodge, Chapter Chree

It was a lovely day at Rowena Crest, the sun was shining bright, and it was good to be able to get out of the car and walk around. But ho, da wind! Which really isn’t unusual in the Gorge, but this makani was unusual in that it was blowing from makai (west) instead of mauka like it usually does. It was a warm wind, but still pretty strong.

We could see Mt Adams across the river. Well, okay, its top.

Mt Adams
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Gettin’ Outa Dodge For a Day – Chapter Two

We got up to Rowena Crest… ho da cars!!!

Rowena Crest
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The Price of Procrastination

I switched over to Gmail in 2008, and last week I got a notice from them saying that I was running outa email space. Hah? U mean I no get unlimited space? Ack! K’den, time foa do some deleting, right? And yeah, I admit it…I’m not really great about keeping my inbox cleaned out. I get busy, and don’t put emails I want to keep in their proper folders (of which I get plenny). These aren’t emails that I’ve instigated…they’re either replies to me or people contacting me for one reason or another.

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Gettin’ Outa Dodge For a Day – Chapter One

On April 18th, Nolemana and I decided, since the weather had been so gorgeous, to leave town for a day and head up to Rowena Crest. The wildflowers were blooming, and it wasn’t raining, so after delivering firewood to a friend, we got gas, then coffee at Bow and Arrow Coffeehouse, and off we went. I must admit that it felt a bit weird to be going somewhere after so long at home, but we sure didn’t let that hold us back.

We caught I-84 in Troutdale while admiring the snow till on the peaks of the Silver Star Mountains.

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Montana Road Trip 2010, Chapter Forty-Nine

Ack! The last time I posted about our Montana road trip was in January 2020! And I left you folks out in da boonies of the Palouse Country. We gotta get home before we start our next road trip, yeah? If you wanna backtrack a bit, try go here.

This is where I left off last time, in the Palouse Country of Washington State.

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Dalles Mountain Road and Wildflowers 2005, Chapter 3

Before we head down the mountain, here’s a video showing how windy it can get in the Columbia River Gorge. And really, this is nothing compared to the wild East wind days that we get, especially during the winter. I’m amazed that the wildflowers are still standing after getting this blown!

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